Hogswart Express, Universal

UPDATE January 24 - The Hogwarts Express is now back open!

UPDATE January 24 - Although we had hoped that the Hogwarts Express may have been fixed by the weekend this unfortunately didn't happen and the attraction still remains closed. We now know that Universal are waiting for a replacement part which we think is to do with the pull cable. We are unsure when this part will arrive and be installed. 

UPDATE Jan 20 - Hogwarts Express is still closed today. Reports online indicate that it will continue to be closed until at least Saturday January 22. It is thought that a part unexpectedly broke and Universal are waiting for a replacement.  There still hasn't been anything official announced as to when the Hogswarts Express will reopen.

UPDATE Jan 19 10:55EST - A sign has appeared outside the Hogwarts Express saying "We're sorry, the Hogwarts Express is closed for planned maintenance today".

If you think about Universal Orlando Resort one of the first things that is likely to come into your head is Harry Potter. Well, more specifically, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Guests visiting Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure since Sunday January 16, will have been very disappointed to find that the Hogwarts Express which runs between the two parks, connecting Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida and Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure has been closed.

Hogwarts Express, Universal
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This closure was unexpected as it did not appear on any Universal Orlando Resort Refurbishment calendars. The reason for this so far now eight-day closure seems to be due to a broken part which appears to be something to do with the pull cable. Unfortunately in these situations when a replacement part is needed it can sometimes take a long time especially if there are delays in the supply chain.

The issue it was experiencing definitely didn't have a quick fix but we are pleased to announce that the Hogwarts Express is now open again and all seems to be running smoothly. Wait times at King's Cross Station at Universal Studios Florida are currently around 45 minutes and are around 25 minutes at Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade Station at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

Kings Cross Station, Hogswart Express
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Keep up to date with the latest wait times for the Hogwarts Express by checking the Universal Orlando App.



We were just there and purposely had bought park to park tickets when planning our trip just so we could ride it. Maybe next time!

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